Engagement photography isn’t strictly about showing the world how good you and your beau look in pictures, it is also an opportunity to spotlight your town! Luckily, there are so many beautiful venues fit for engagement photography in Washington DC. As one of the leading wedding and engagement photography services in the area, The Wedding Mode is here to help you find the most charming engagement photo spots in and around the city.
Before we start sharing ideas, there are certain things you need to consider before the shoot. First, know that searching for the right setting will require a day or two of exploring the city and that includes places you’ve never been to before. So go out there, explore and discover hidden locations for the shoot. Second, if you chose to shoot at the National mall or memorial parks, you’ll have to ask your photographer to secure a permit before filming. To start your search, we recommend these spots for your engagement photos:
Brookside Botanical Gardens
1800 Glenallan Ave. Wheaton, MD
The Brookside Botanical Gardens is a 50-acre public garden located in the Wheaton Regional Park in the Washington area. This is a mesmerizing setting for a photo shoot thanks to the explosion of colors and the landscaped backdrop that looks striking in pictures. The gardens look particularly amazing during the spring season when the wildflowers are in full bloom. The Brookside Botanical Gardens feature a wide expanse of land and wooden areas, which are breathtaking during the fall. These are also great spots for an engagement photo session.
The gardens are open to the public daily for free! However, filming requires a permit, something that The Wedding Mode can help you come by.
900 Ohio Dr SW, Washington, DC
The National Mall is a national park located in downtown Washington DC. This park boasts 6,546.92 acres of landscaped gardens
and architectural beauty. It’s no wonder that the National Mall is one of the best engagement photography spots in Washington DC! The park is very versatile too. We can film in the hidden gardens for a carefree, romantic shoot or monumental locations to showcase the city’s colorful history. Either way, we are sure you’ll love the results.
1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC
The Union Market is a gourmet food hall that sits on a 45-acre property in Northeast Washington DC. This picture-perfect venue is always bustling with activity, mostly of foodies and local vendors that offer artisanal products. If you and your fiancé are game, we can shoot near the food hall, evoking a frenetic vibe in pictures. But if you want a more intimate session, The Wedding Mode photographers can get permission to film on top of the Union Market roof, just as the sun sets for an impossibly romantic engagement photos!
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD
This is the best cultural and arts hub near the DC area, hosting a variety of festivals, dance programs, and art exhibits. The Glen Echo Park is located at MacArthur Boulevard in Maryland. This lovely park offers plenty of stunning spots for engagement pictures, including a vintage Dentzel carousel (a famed local attraction), an airy Spanish ballroom, and retro children’s theaters. This is the perfect venue for thematic engagement photos!
United States Capitol Building
East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC
Also known as the wedding photography capital of Washington, the United States Capitol Building is definitely one of the best places for an engagement photo shoot. The distinct neoclassic architecture and bone white facade of Capitol Hill make a fine backdrop for engagement photos. This is a great location for couples who’d like to showcase iconic landmarks of the city. Even better, photography on the grounds is open to the public at no cost.